Calling all Kestrels – XC 2022

#teamkestrels your club needs you!

On Sunday 30th January the inter-club cross country series will be coming to Killamarsh. We have the route. We have our start/finish team at the ready. We have a good number of runners. BUT WE DESPERATELY NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS FOR MARSHALS!

We can’t put the event on without our enthusiastic marshals ensuring our runners know where they are going, you are even welcome to give hints to runners from other clubs too…

Ideally we need 15 people, all you need to do is be free from about 1030-1230 on the day and bring your best motivational cheering and direction pointing. If we get enough volunteers we would also like to put on tea/coffee in the Leisure Centre car park for after the race, but this depends on getting enough people to help out. We really don’t want to have to ask people who want to run in the race to marshal instead, so if you or anyone you know (bring the whole family!) can help out, please consider it your good deed for the year – get it in early!

Please reach out to Alicia, Rach, Kev or Chris if you can help. Thanks to those who have already responded to the email that was also circulated.

Also a reminder that we have a XC event THIS Sunday (16th Jan). We will be enjoying all that Clowne and the surrounding area has to offer, which as I understand it is predominantly mud and hills!

Usual start time of 11am, get there a bit before as depending on where you park it can be a bit of a walk to the start line (located roughly at the junction of Mansfield Road and Fallowfield). REMEMBER YOUR RACE NUMBER! You keep the same one for the entire series. Also remember your club kit, or ask someone if you need to borrow a vest.

IMPORTANT – there will be no bag drop or toilet facilities and we will not have access to the community centre. Parking is available at the Community Centre (S43 4PL) or surrounding roads e.g. Church Street (S43 4JR) and North Road (S43 4JH). Please be considerate to the locals. We will bring a big bag to keep at the start line for Kestrels to use for jumpers/layers.

We had 30 hardy kestrels turn out for Retford and we would love to see even more at Clowne, so dig out your trail shoes and get stuck in! (Perhaps literally, the mud in Clowne is notoriously sticky…)

#teamkestrels Cross Country needs you!

It is now less than 4 weeks until the first inter-club cross country event! As a reminder here are the dates:

  • 2nd January – Retford
  • 16th January – Clowne
  • 30th January – Killamarsh
  • 13th February – Handsworth
  • 27th February – Worksop

All Races start at 11am.

Our captains this year are Rachel Cadey and Kev Rowles and they need all of our support!

For those of you who love nothing more than working up a sweat on a Sunday morning in freezing cold muddy conditions get your name down for the team. The more runners we have the better and we encourage everyone to get involved! Speak to Rach or Kev at any club night to get a race number, or have a chat at the upcoming Crown Buffet on 14th December.

Not keen on running? No problem! You can still support the club and the cross country event by volunteering to marshal our home event on 30th January. We can’t put the event on without our enthusiastic marshals ensuring our runners know where they are going, you are even welcome to give hints to runners from other clubs too…

Lets show the other clubs how its done and get as many black and yellow vests out there as we can!


Countdown to the Crown Buffet!

It’s not too late to pick up a ticket for the inaugural Crown Buffet on 14th December, a bargain at £5 which includes a quiz and hot food. Speak to Alicia, Sara, Sam or Chris to get your ticket.

Dress Fancy! (not Fancy Dress…)

This is one of the rare occasions where Kestrels can venture out in something other than sweaty high viz, so feel free to dust off your glad rags! For those of you who have checked the back of your wardrobe to discover you only own running kit and pyjamas, you are not alone! No pressure, dress code is optional.

Our annual awards ceremony will also take place during the Crown Buffet, we will be sending out an email tomorrow with a link for you to nominate your “member of the year” and “performance of the year”.

We hope to see you there,